Semen / ʂemen/ or Xemen / ʃemen/ is a medieval Basque given name of the Vasconic area. It is based on the Basque root seme < senbe 'son' as found in the ancient Aquitanian name Sembetten, attested form "sehi" as 'child', hypothetical ancient root *seni (cf. Koldo Mitxelena and modern form "senide" = 'brother or sister', 'relative'). The explanation by the Biblical name Šim’ōn ( Simon) is less convincing.
Someone named "Seguin" was attested in Frankish chronicles when referring to the Count of Bordeaux and Duke of Vasconia (778, 814 and 816). The name is also recorded as Sihiminus, perhaps a misspelling of Ximinus, may have been a local Basque whose family later fled south over the Pyrenees and helped Enneco Arista take over in Pamplona.
Another character is identified in 778 as "Jimeno, the strong", from Arab sources in Al-Andalus, where it calls him "Mothmin al-Akra", a Basque or Hispanic magnate in the upper Ebro territories within the later independent principality of Navarre. This person was possibly related to others near Pamplona in local opposition to both the invading Franks under Charlemagne and the new ruler of the Islamic Iberian realm, Abd al-Rahman I.
Some think the name may be a corruption of the later part of the Latin name Ma-ximinus, as there is late Classic records that various individuals with this name were becoming very active as officials and residents in upper Hispania near the Pyrenees and Tarraconensis during the last century of the Western Roman Empire, and perhaps into the transition from imperial province to independent Kingdom during the Visigothic rule.
Other than these early medieval examples, it is widely known on both sides of the Pyrenees in the following forms:
- Semen or Semeno fem. Semena
- Semero fem. Semera
- Scemeno (in Villabáscones)
- Xemen or Xemeno fem. Xemena
- Ximeno or Jimeno fem. Ximena or Jimena (French Chimène)
By adjunction of the suffix -ez, it produces the Iberian patronyms:
- Portuguese: Ximenes
- Spanish: Ximénez, Giménez, Jiménez
Semen may refer to:
- Semen, the organic fluid also known as seminal fluid
- Semen, common romanization of the Russian name Семён ( Simon, Simeon)
- Semen (anthroponym) or Xemen, a medieval given name
- Semen (wasp), a wasp genus in the subfamily Encyrtinae
- Semen Gresik, the largest cement producing company in Indonesia
- Semen of the Sun, rock band from Athens, Greece
- Semen Korsakov
Semen, also known as seminal fluid, is an organic fluid that may contain spermatozoa. It is secreted by the gonads (sexual glands) and other sexual organs of male or hermaphroditic animals and can fertilize female ova. In humans, seminal fluid contains several components besides spermatozoa: proteolytic and other enzymes as well as fructose are elements of seminal fluid which promote the survival of spermatozoa, and provide a medium through which they can move or "swim".
Semen is also a form of genetic material. In animals, semen has been collected for cryoconservation. Cryoconservation of animal genetic resources is a practice that calls for the collection of genetic material in efforts for conservation of a particular breed.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Semen \Se"men\ (s[=e]"m[e^]n), n.; pl. Semina (s[e^]m"[i^]*n[.a]). [L., from the root of serere, satum, to sow. See Sow to scatter seed.]
(Bot.) The seed of plants.
(Physiol.) The seed or fecundating fluid of male animals; sperm. It is a white or whitish viscid fluid secreted by the testes, characterized by the presence of spermatozoids to which it owes its generative power.
Semen contra, or Semen cin[ae] or Semen cyn[ae], a strong aromatic, bitter drug, imported from Aleppo and Barbary, said to consist of the leaves, peduncles, and unexpanded flowers of various species of Artemisia; wormseed.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., from Latin semen "seed of plants, animals, or men; race, inborn characteristic; posterity, progeny, offspring," figuratively "origin, essence, principle, cause," from PIE *si-so-, reduplication of root *se- (1) "to sow" (cognates: Latin serere "to sow," Old Prussian semen "seed," Lithuanian semens "seed of flax," Old Church Slavonic seme, Old High German samo "seed," German Same; see sow (v.)).
n. A slimy, milky fluid produced in male reproductive organs that contains the reproductive cells.
Usage examples of "semen".
Why did he pick at one of the cuts on his legs until it bled, then mix the blood and semen and bring some of it to his mouth, where its odd bleachy, metallic smell almost made him vomit once more?
He can smell the grass on either side of him, a bleachy scent like fresh semen, can smell the water and sour mud of Cherokee Creek, which curves west not far from here, passing under the highway through a man-high culvert.
The key to the case was the DNA match between semen found on the clothing of the second Buena Vista victim, twenty-one-year-old Janene Weinhold, and blood and saliva samples they got from Prince.
I was singing the praises of this application the idea came into my head to say that, to be absolutely certain, it was necessary for the aroph to be mingled with semen which had not lost its natural heat.
Cainnech, que, baptizavit Patricius, et dixit erit semen tuum benedictum in secula.
One squirt of my semen seems capable of impregnating any normal woman who does not regularly imbibe from the Tyrin.
He cleansed himself, excising an emulsion of liquor and dirt and semen.
When she was ready--that is, when she had placed the aroph as neatly as a skull-cap fits a parson--she put herself in the proper position for the preparation to mix with the semen.
You do not strangle, I gather, because your throat has learned to swallow automatically when semen nears it.
In texture and weight it is similar to heavy cream, well mixed, with none of the clumpiness characteristic of human semen, and as has been elsewhere reported, it has the odour and taste of Christmas egg nog -- sugar, milk, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and all.
Amelia is blocking throat with tongue so that the gush of semen has nowhere to go but back out the mouth.
I have no personal knowledge of it, you understand -- that this semen has the exact consistency and flavour of eggnog.
So far little Beth has soiled the bottle, as well as you and Astoria, but when you begin to pass many women through it, you will have worse substances spilt than urine or semen.
Is it a surprise to you that I am certain human semen has no such flavour?
When too much semen escapes her, she tends to slip and fall to the floor, dragging poor Milit on top of her, from which point he has great difficulty in persuading her to stand again.